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  1. CRISPR-Gold fixes Duchenne muscular dystrophy mutation in miceRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2017 | Science Blog

    Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have engineered a new way to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology inside cells and have demonstrated in mice that the technology can repair the mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a severe muscle-wasting disease. A new study shows that a single injection of CRISPR-Gold, as the new delivery system is called, into mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy led to an 18-times-higher correction rate and a two-fold increase in a strength and agility test compared to control groups.


  2. Microscopic technique for detecting microbial life in Enceladus water plumesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 18, 2017 | Science Blog

    A new study has demonstrated the potential to use digital holographic microscopy to detect microorganisms and evidence of life in water collected from the plume rising from the surface of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. The cell detection capabilities of DHM and what may be learned from studying molecules obtained from Enceladus are discussed in articles published in the September issue of Astrobiology , a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers .


  3. NIH awards $15 million to support development of 3-D human tissue modelsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 13, 2017 | Science Blog

    More than 60 percent of investigational drugs fail in human clinical trials due to a lack of effectiveness, despite promising pre-clinical studies using cell and animal research models. To help combat this translational science problem, the National Institutes of Health announced 13 two-year awards totaling about $15 million per year, with FY18 funds subject to availability, to develop 3-D microphysiological system platforms that model human disease.


  4. Eleven new studies suggest 'power poses' don't workRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 11, 2017 | Science Blog

    The claim that holding a "power pose" can improve your life became wildly popular several years ago, fueling the second most-watched TED talk ever but also casting doubts about the science behind the assertion. Now comes the most definitive evidence to date - a wave of scientific studies spearheaded by a Michigan State University researcher - suggesting that power poses do not improve your life.


  5. Scientists Fine-Tune System to Create 'Syngas' from CO2Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 5, 2017 | Science Blog

    Scientists have developed a new recipe for creating synthesis gas mixtures, or syngas, that involves adding a pinch of copper atoms sprinkled atop a gold surface. The new material supports a room-temperature electrochemical reaction that can convert carbon dioxide and water into syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, and an important precursor in the production of chemicals and synthetic fuels.


  6. Mass Extinction Triggers Golden Age of FrogsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2017 | Science Blog

    Until now, biologists have struggled to reconstruct an accurate family tree for frogs. Based on fossils and limited genetic data, it appeared that most modern frog species popped up at a slow and steady pace from about 150 million to 66 million years ago.


  7. Seattle's $15 minimum wage not costing jobs, says new reportRead the original story

    Jun 22, 2017 | Science Blog

    Seattle's groundbreaking minimum wage law is raising pay for low-paid workers without hurting jobs, according to a new report released today by University of California, Berkeley economists. The report, which analyzes employment data before and after the law went into effect, finds no evidence of job loss in the city's restaurant industry, even as pay reached $13 for workers in large companies.


  8. Folk contraceptives lead researchers to drugs that block fertilizationRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2017 | Science Blog

    Two chemicals found in anti-fertility folk medicines block a key step in fertilization - the meeting of egg and sperm - and may make effective alternatives to today's hormone-based contraceptives, which sometimes cause side effects. The chemicals are effective at low doses that seem to have no adverse effect on egg or sperm, other than to prevent the sperm from pushing through the cells that congregate around the egg and an enveloping membrane called the zona pelucida.


  9. Pac-Man-like CRISPR enzymes have potential for disease diagnosticsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 4, 2017 | Science Blog

    University of California, Berkeley, researchers have described 10 new CRISPR enzymes that, once activated, behave like Pac-Man to chew up RNA in a way that could be used as sensitive detectors of infectious viruses. The new CRISPR enzymes are variants of a CRISPR protein, Cas13a, which the UC Berkeley researchers reported last September in Nature could be used to detect specific sequences of RNA, such as from a virus.


  10. Wearable sweat sensor can diagnose diseaseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2017 | Science Blog

    A team of researchers at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley have created a wristwatch-style device that can potentially be used to monitor diseases such as cystic fibrosis or prediabetes . The device, which detects sweat, was tested on a small group of volunteers who were either healthy or had cystic fibrosis - a genetic disease that causes mucus to build up in the lungs, pancreas and other organs.


  11. Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sunRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 13, 2017 | Science Blog

    Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun. That future may be around the corner, with the demonstration this week of a water harvester that uses only ambient sunlight to pull liters of water out of the air each day in conditions as low as 20 percent humidity, a level common in arid areas.


  12. Cognitive Decline After Surgery Tied to Brain's Own Immune CellsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2017 | Science Blog

    After undergoing surgery, elderly patients often experience cloudy thinking that can last for weeks or even months. At one time researchers thought this cognitive decline might be caused by anesthesia, but mounting evidence suggests that heightened inflammation in the brain following surgery is the more likely cause.


  13. Human illness can demonstrably harm the environmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2017 | Science Blog

    For decades, scientists have known that unhealthy surroundings induce human illness. Now, research suggests that communities of very sick people may damage the environment, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 3. "The environment influences human health, but we know little about how human health affects the environment," said lead author , a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.


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